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Big News for Roosevelt Island Kids as LIC Welcomes Them

Updated 2 weeks ago David Stone
Activities: Summer Kids at the Landing
Activities: Summer Kids at the Landing
Photo credit: Hunters Point Parks Conservancy

"Yes, all are welcome," Casey Chamberlain, Manager of Programming and Development at Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, told The Daily. Chamberlain reached out to let Roosevelt Island's kids know they are welcome with open arms to enjoy the parks and programming starting July 8th.

Roosevelt Island Kids Invited to Long Island City

"Summer Kids at the Landing returns to Hunter’s Point South Park beginning July 8, 2019 and running until August 16. This programming series is co-organized by the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and Gantry Parent Association and will provide 9 free activities for children each week. All events will take place at LIC Landing in Hunter’s Point South Park. While all events are free, space may be limited so a first-come, first-served policy will be in place. Pre-registration will be required for Thursday morning art classes which will be capped at 60 participants."

Related: Take NYC Ferry to Family Friendly LIC

“We started Summer Kids four years ago hoping to provide fun and educational activities and get the younger members of our community to appreciate our beautiful waterfront parks. This has been accomplished with the continued growth and popularity of Summer Kids and we are very excited about this year’s lineup. Young families continue to make Long Island City their home and it is important to give them a reason to stay here and raise their families. The programming is great, the location is great and the price is right so join us for Summer Kids” said Rob Basch, president of Hunters Point Parks Conservancy.

"Last year’s program exceeded expectations and grew from the previous year, with over 50 different events that entertained more than 3,500 children. This year’s lineup will bring back many of the popular programs, including music with neighborhood favorites Andy & Suzanna, Story Time with Friends of Court Square Library, Jiggy Tots with McManus Irish Dance, Bricks 4 Kidz Lego, Art with Leonie, and much more.

Activities calendar, starting July 8th
Activities calendar, starting July 8th

"Dana Aussenberg, Vice Chair of Gantry Parent Association, commented, 'We are very excited to kick off our fourth summer of kid’s programming. It’s been really great to see hundreds of LIC kids and their families engage in and enjoy the Summer Kids activities over the past few summers. We are looking forward to having many of our past performers return, as well as some fantastic new ones, such as Jam and Jiggle and Yogi Beans.'

"There will also be an additional two art classes on Sunday mornings to provide an opportunity for working parents to attend a program with their children. These will be at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday July 14 and 28. Other events may be added so we encourage everyone to go to our web site at or and check Facebook updates at Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and Gantry Parent Association."

This program is being funded by Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, Pro Health Dental, Hunter’s Point South Living, and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. For more information contact Rob Basch at

Getting there: NYC Ferry makes it easy. From Roosevelt Island, take a Wall Street bound ferry one stop to Gantry Park, then walk south past playgrounds and points of interest until you reach Hunters Point Landing. OR: Continue on for one more stop to 34th Street, then transfer to the East River Line for a quick hop across the river to Hunters Point South.

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